Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ 130mm f/5 AZ Reflector Telescope

BH #CESSEDX130R • MFR #22461
Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ 130mm f/5 AZ Reflector Telescope
Key Features
  • Use Smartphone App for Star Navigation
  • Follow Directions to Find Great Objects
  • Advanced Precise Alignment Algorithm
  • Oversized 130mm Reflector Optical Tube
With the Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ 130mm f/5 Reflector Telescope, exploring the wonders of the universe is as simple as 1-2-3: dock your smartphone, launch the StarSense Explorer smartphone app, and observe the moon, planets, stars, and more. This innovative integration of smartphone and telescope offers beginner astronomers a fast and (more importantly) easy way to discover what's up in the night sky and where to view it. Utilizing similar alignment technology that satellites use when they move out of position, the StarSense Explorer app uses your phone's camera to stream a constant series of images and compare them to an internal database to identify the starfield and determine its location. This "Lost in Space Algorithm" is more precise than typical astronomy apps and does not require a cell signal to work—so you can use it even when you're far off the grid. A holder on the mount, aligned with the telescope, ensures that where the phone is pointed is the same as where the scope is, so when you follow the onscreen directions to find the object of interest and you look through the eyepiece, it will be there.
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Celestron StarSense Explorer Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2StarSense System
  • 3Optical Tube Assembly
  • 4Mount and Tripod
  • 5Included Accessories

With the Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ 130mm f/5 Reflector Telescope, exploring the wonders of the universe is as simple as 1-2-3: dock your smartphone, launch the StarSense Explorer smartphone app, and observe the moon, planets, stars, and more. This innovative integration of smartphone and telescope offers beginner astronomers a fast and (more importantly) easy way to discover what's up in the night sky and where to view it. Utilizing similar alignment technology that satellites use when they move out of position, the StarSense Explorer app uses your phone's camera to stream a constant series of images and compare them to an internal database to identify the starfield and determine its location. This "Lost in Space Algorithm" is more precise than typical astronomy apps and does not require a cell signal to work—so you can use it even when you're far off the grid. A holder on the mount, aligned with the telescope, ensures that where the phone is pointed is the same as where the scope is, so when you follow the onscreen directions to find the object of interest and you look through the eyepiece, it will be there.

Optically, the massive 130mm primary mirror with its highly reflective aluminum coatings gathers copious amounts of light to provide detailed views of the lunar surface and planetary features, with the ability to reach beyond our solar system and view bright deep-sky objects. Its relatively short 650mm focal length makes the optical tube easy to handle during setup and breakdown while producing a moderate magnification potential. Supporting the telescope and StarSense holder is a basic manual single-arm alt-azimuth mount outfitted with dual-axis slow-motion control cables that let you move the telescope quickly and easily according to the app's direction to find your object of interest, with the ability to precisely track the object when you want to view it for extended periods. A two-section aluminum tripod provides a wide adjustable height to accommodate a variety of viewing positions and users while being highly portable for when you have to carry it to remote viewing locations.

Designed as a complete observation rig, Celestron includes a couple of essential accessories to get you viewing right out of the box. In addition to the telescope, mount, and tripod, you also get two eyepieces that provide you with high and low magnifications, plus a simple red dot finder.

StarSense System
  • Download the StarSense Explorer app from the Google Play (Android) store or App Store (iPhone)
  • Place an Android smartphone or iPhone in the included StarSense Explorer dock
  • 2-minute procedure to align the phone with the telescope
  • App generates a list of celestial objects currently visible
  • Select the object to view and arrows appear onscreen, guiding the user as they move the telescope
  • When the object is ready to view, the bullseye turns green
  • The StarSense app utilizes a "Lost in Space Algorithm" (LISA) to accurately calculate the current location and orientation by using the phone's GPS data, gyroscopic input, and camera to map the night sky and compare it to the app's database to accurately align and orient the scope and determine what is visible overhead
  • App is self-contained; no cell signal required for use far off the grid

Compatible Smartphones:

  • Android 7.1.2 and higher manufactured in 2016 and later, with camera, gyro, and accelerometer
  • iPhone 6 and newer

 

Optical Tube Assembly
  • Massive 130mm f/5 primary mirror enables users to view the moon, planets, stars, globular clusters, and other deep-space objects like galaxies, while reducing the secondary mirror obstruction, thus improving resolution
  • 650mm focal length produces a moderate magnification potential with a highly portable length and weight
  • Newtonian reflector optical design provides a large clear aperture without the restrictions on size experienced by refractor designs
  • Highly reflective aluminum-coated mirrors improve light transmission, color rendition, and contrast
  • Secondary mirror obstruction: 45mm (1.73"); 34% by diameter, 11% by area
  • Resolution: 1.07 arcsec, Rayleigh; 0.89 arcsec, Dawes
  • Reliable single-speed rack-and-pinion focuser
  • Standard 1.25" holder accepts the most common size eyepieces and accessories, including the two eyepieces in this kit
Mount and Tripod
  • Manual alt-azimuth mount design is simple to set up and move
  • Single fork-arm design reduces weight without sacrificing stability
  • Dual-axis slow-motion control cables provide an easy way to move and precisely track objects with reduced vibration
  • Simple setup and breakdown with dovetail saddle
  • Adjustable-height aluminum tripod accommodates a variety of users and observing positions
  • Maximum height of 49" including mount
  • Center tray holds accessories such as eyepieces and filters
Included Accessories
  • 25mm eyepiece produces a low 26x power for observing the moon, planets, deep-sky objects, and constellations
  • 10mm high-magnification eyepiece yields 65x power for detailed views of the lunar surface and planetary features
  • Unmagnified StarPointer finderscope places a simple red dot in the field of view to make alignment and star hopping navigation faster and easier
UPC: 050234224611

Celestron StarSense Explorer Specs

Packaging Info
Package Weight
25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
39.5 x 17.5 x 11"

Celestron StarSense Explorer Reviews

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What is the next level up for Celestron ...

What is the next level up for Celestron telescopes?
Asked by: Judy
A similar aperture telescope but with a computerized go-to mount would be the Celestron NexStar 130SLT #31145. The Celestron NexStar 6SE #11068 would be the next larger aperture telescope available considered as the next level up.
Answered by: Telescope
Date published: 2022-12-13

Is there an adapter to connect Sony A7 III ...

Is there an adapter to connect Sony A7 III e-mount?
Asked by: Tom
Thank you for the recommendation, the two pieces works to fit the camera to the telescope. I think I may also need a lens extender to focus the camera sensor and the 10 mm or 25 mm scope that came with the telescope to see an image.
Answered by: Tom
Date published: 2023-01-01

can I use a Samsung a7 lite tablet with ...

can I use a Samsung a7 lite tablet with starsense? What is the largest width for the starsense phone holder?
Asked by: Gary
No, a tablet is too big to fit into the StarSense dock. To see a full list of smartphones that is compatible with the StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ, use this link: https://starsenseexplorer.simcur.com/
Answered by: Telescope
Date published: 2022-11-12

Dose the telescope app have a way to take photos?

Dose the telescope app have a way to take photos?
Asked by: Peter
The StarSense Explorer app uses image data captured by the smartphone's camera to determine its pointing position. It does not take quality images of celestial targets. You will need to use a separate camera to take photos through the eyepiece.
Answered by: Telescope
Date published: 2020-07-27

Does the app run without needing to use cellular ...

Does the app run without needing to use cellular data for directions to point at the desired object? Most of the dark-skies locations around me are in areas with little or no cell.coverage.
Asked by: Karl
The StarSense Explorer app uses your phone's camera to stream a constant series of images and compare them to an internal database to identify the starfield and determine its location. This "Lost in Space Algorithm" is more precise than typical astronomy apps and does not require a cell signal to work—so you can use it even when you're far off the grid.
Answered by: John
Date published: 2022-10-12

Is this easy to disassemble/reassemble to move ...

Is this easy to disassemble/reassemble to move and transport?
Asked by: Karen
The StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ was designed to be lightweight and portable for field use.
Answered by: Telescope
Date published: 2020-11-19

Can you see saturns rings with this? Is it clear? ...

Can you see saturns rings with this? Is it clear? Also what would I need to buy to attach my Nikon d7500 to take photos?
Asked by: Ed
Yes, you can view Saturn very clearly through the StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ. We recommend that you purchase a T-Ring for Nikon Camera #93402 and a Universal Barlow and T-Adapter 1.25" #93640 to take short exposure of the moon or bright planets. Because the telescope does not come with an equatorial tracking mount, you will not be able to take long exposure images. A Smartphone Adapter such as the Basic Smartphone Adapter, 1.25” #81035 is also available to help align your smartphone's camera lens with the telescope's eyepiece for short exposures.The Universal Barlow lens will also double the power of the eyepieces that came with the telescope.
Answered by: Telescope
Date published: 2022-12-01

Hello ,. can we take images using this scope? or ...

Hello ,. can we take images using this scope? or connect pc?
Asked by: Selvaraj
There are different digiscopeing adapters for smartphones, point&shoot cameras and cameras with interchangeable lenses.
Answered by: John
Date published: 2020-11-02
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